Taylor named Fellow of Association for Computing Machinery

TaylorDr. Valerie E. Taylor, senior associate dean for academic affairs and the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Taylor was honored for leadership in broadening participation in computing. A total of 53 individuals were honored by ACM, the world’s largest computing society, for major contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cryptography, computer architecture, high performance computing and programming languages.

ACM will formally recognize its 2016 Fellows at the annual awards banquet to be held in San Francisco on June 24, 2017. 

“As nearly 100,000 computing professionals are members of our association, to be selected to join the top one percent is truly an honor,” said ACM President Vicki L. Hanson. “Fellows are chosen by their peers and hail from leading universities, corporations and research labs throughout the world. Their inspiration, insights and dedication bring immeasurable benefits that improve lives and help drive the global economy.”

Taylor, who is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is the former head of the computer science and engineering department, having served in that role from 2003-2011. She was appointed the senior associate dean for academic affairs in 2013.

She earned her bachelor’s in electrical and computer engineering and her master’s in computer engineering, both from Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991. From 1991 through 2002, Taylor was a member of the faculty in the electrical and computer engineering department at Northwestern University.

Additional information about the ACM Fellows, the awards event as well as previous ACM Fellows and award winners is available at http://awards.acm.org

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

About the ACM Fellows Program

The ACM Fellows Program, initiated in 1993, celebrates the exceptional contributions of the leading members in the computing field. These individuals have helped to enlighten researchers, developers, practitioners and end users of information technology throughout the world. The new ACM Fellows join a distinguished list of colleagues to whom ACM and its members look for guidance and leadership in computing and information technology.